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Nashville Decisions

from the Tennessean, General manager David Poile said Wednesday the Predators won't re-sign center Mike Sillinger or goalie Chris Mason before the end of the month, meaning both players will be able to accept offers from other teams at that point. "I talked to Mike and his agent and told them we'd like to see what's available on the first of July,'' Poile said. "You never say never, and maybe we'll revisit things the first week of July if the opportunity presents itself. "But with the NHL's new system, there's way more free agency and there's earlier free agency than in the past. We have holes like everyone else, but by the same token, I'd like the opportunity to enter July with some flexibility.'' read on

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Test For Carolina Comes Now

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

Now, there comes the test for the Hurricanes. Now, the Oilers have momentum. Carolina has to show the same courage and character Edmonton showed Wednesday night. There were positives for the Hurricanes and they have to build on that. Eric Staal had two goals and an assist. But the Canes always win by committee -- everyone has to contribute. I don't think you can point to their bench and say one guy has to play better. We'll see how both teams respond in Saturday's Game 6, but I would not be at all surprised if this series returns to Carolina for a Game 7.

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Quinn Will Talk With Bruins

via the Toronto Sun,

Incoming general manager Peter Chiarelli this week held face-to-face discussions with Quinn, who was relieved of his duties with the Leafs at the end of the 2005-06 season. The two were seen dining together at a Ottawa restaurant Tuesday From the Bruins' perspective, there could be legitimate concerns that Quinn might be a bit long in the tooth to run the team's youth movement. At the same time, Quinn might be reluctant to jump into a situation involving a young rookie general manager after going through a similar process in Toronto with John Ferguson Jr.

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NHL Too Fast For American Fans

from the Sporting News,

There are a lot of reasons why the hockey television ratings are low, all of which are befuddling. However, while watching Game 5 in its entirety on Wednesday night, I might have figured it out. Hockey is so fast and intense, that you actually have to pay close attention to the incredible action, and unlike that other finals series, there is constant motion and an off-the-hook tempo. The NHL does not allow the casual fan to appreciate the game because it is so fast and thrilling that the new viewer cannot keep up with the pace. Most American sports fans are used to really slow sports, such as baseball and basketball, and even to some degree, football.
more...and one question, would NASCAR be considered a slow sport?...

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Back To Work For Canes

Q. You get a power play in overtime and then the other team scores a shorthanded goal, is that a little bit being like in the twilight zone? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Certainly not what we were hoping for when you get a power play. The power play had been so effective all night and it's an opportunity to win a hockey game and it didn't happen. Q. Can you just talk about the mood of your guys right now? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: I mean, I am sure they are pretty upset. Everybody is upset obviously, but you know, we'll wake up tomorrow, go back to work. I don't expect anybody in there is in a terrific mood, so. It's one game. We'll get up tomorrow, go back to work. Go back to Edmonton.. Q. Talk about how things settled in after that wild first period, turned into quite a defensive game. COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Yeah, the first period, I mean, wasn't really typical of the series the way it had gone. They scored 16 seconds in, we came back to tie it up. Scored late. After that it settled more into a defensive game. It was just a tough goal to end the period I think, then we battled back in the second, got it even and couldn't find the next one. Q. You had a couple of guys go down and then come back, pretty courageous efforts on their part. As the series goes along both teams were trying to get pretty banged up? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: It's extra month and a half to two months of hockey and it's at the highest level, so guys are getting banged around and but you are right, shows a lot of guts to come back.

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Oiler Talk

Post game interview with Pronger, Pisani and Markkanen-

Q. Did you have any sense of presumptuousness around here that the Carolina atmosphere was counting the chickens? CHRIS PRONGER: No. I think they are right on the doorstep obviously being up 3-1. Today was do or die for us. And certainly we didn't want to -- we wanted to make sure that then were n't having a parade in front of us today. We wanted to get it back to Edmonton and give ourselves another chance. We have got to look towards Game 6 and not look forward to coming back here. We have got to go to Edmonton, make sure that we win that game and then we'll look to Game 7. But until that, we have got to focus on Saturday night. Q. What was this day like for you? Have you ever seen a day like this with all that rain and was there an ominous feeling or did you just ignore the elements? CHRIS PRONGER: We were joking, it was Hurricane Alberta coming through. So it was nice to see that we were getting a piece of a little bit of love from the weather.
more in the comments and we have a first- Pisani's goal in OT was the first shorty in OT in SCF history...

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Back To Edmonton

Pisani scores a shorthander in OT. Oilers outplayed the Canes for most of the game and deserved the victory. image

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Giving Credit

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

There should be a place in the Stanley Cup parade for all those who made the new National Hockey League an unmitigated success — the players, coaches, general managers, union bosses and, yes, even commissioner Gary Bettman. First, it is now clear the NHL is irrevocably on the path to enlightened, entertaining hockey. Those of us who feared the league would fall back into the bad old ways of obstructionist hockey once the playoffs came around, unable to shake the hooking, holding and tackling that was bred into its DNA over the past decade, were proved wrong. The referees, given a good prodding by their masters, wielded their whistles with zeal. Too much zeal at times, but the result was worth the occasional phantom call.
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Gare New Color Man In Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Former National Hockey League All-Star and longtime broadcaster Danny Gare has been named the color analyst for Columbus Blue Jackets games on FSN Ohio, the club and network announced Wednesday. Gare will team with play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer on Blue Jackets telecasts on the network beginning this fall.

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Look What They Found

from the Globe and Mail,

If the Edmonton Oilers needed any extra motivation to prolong their Stanley Cup final series against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, they found it this morning. When the Oilers, who enter Game 5 at the RBC Center trailing 3-1, awoke at their team hotel they discovered stories in local newspapers and on newscasts about civic leaders debating whether to hold a Stanley Cup celebration downtown or at the RBC Center. Then when the Oilers went out for their morning skate, Oilers veteran Ryan Smyth discovered a "rusty" U.S. dollar coin implanted in the centre-ice area. He eventually hacked out the possible good-luck charm with his stick and skate.

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